Science & Nature Programs
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mallows Bay by Kayak: Ghost Ships and Bald Eagles

Mallows Bay on the lower Potomac is the site of a “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 wrecked vessels dating from the Revolutionary War through World War I. There’s no better vantage point than a two-person kayak from which to experience this dramatic collection, as well as to explore the bay’s marshy tributaries filled with abundant wildlife.

Date
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Boost Your Nutritional IQ

Is coffee healthful this week, or evil? What’s the difference between good fat and bad? Should we all go gluten-free? Physician John Whyte offers some sensible and solid guidance to counter the confusion when every meal can feel like a nutritional mine field.

Date
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, August 4, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
How Virtual Reality Is Changing Medicine

Although virtual reality can seem like something out of science fiction, the possibilities are virtually limitless in its applications to medicine and health care. Susan Persky of the National Institutes of Health explores how new technologies are opening new worlds—sometimes literally— for doctors, researchers, clinicians, and patients.

Date
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Date
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Plastics: Separating the Good from the Bad

We have a complicated relationship with plastics: We depend on the material’s convenience and affordability every day, but the overabundance of waste it produces harms the environment. Smithsonian scientists Odile Madden and Pierre Comizzoli discuss how their own work—in museum conservation and research biology, respectively—approaches plastics’ potential and its problems.

Date
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Sharks: On Assignment with Brian Skerry

With his work on view at the exhibition titled Sharks at the National Geographic Museum, award-winning photojournalist Brian Skerry reveals how he captured his amazing images and shares stories of witnessing some of the most beautiful, diverse, and threatened ocean ecosystems on the planet.

Date
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Historic Chestertown and a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana
All-Day Tour

Regional historian Hayden Mathews explores the rich heritage of this lovely Eastern Shore town, focusing on both land and sea. The day includes a cruise on a replica of an 18th century vessel, as well as an historic-district walking tour guided by Chestertown’s mayor.

Date
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Science in Our Lives

With discoveries in topics from the origins of the universe to the human microbiome rapidly unfolding, science is more important now than ever. Smithsonian Associates’ innovative new Science Literacy Program meets that challenge with an exciting new series of expert-led programming, as well as the opportunity to participate in a lively online learning community.

Date
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Poachers and Piano Keys: Cristian Samper on Elephants and the Ivory Trade

President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society Cristian Samper explains the nuanced issues of elephant poaching, the ivory trade, and the role museums and conservationists play in the protection of elephants and other ivory-producing species.

Date
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 8 to 9 a.m.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 9 to 10 a.m.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 10 to 11 a.m.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Animals on the Move: Following Digital Footprints

Understanding the forces that set nature in motion is vital as efforts to maintain global diversity, map conservations hotspots, manage human-wildlife conflict, and even monitor the spread of pandemic disease continue to face challenges. Learn about the growing array of technologies, from drones to satellite tracking, that are behind a revolution in animal tracking today.

Date
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Historic Chestertown and a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana
All-Day Tour

Regional historian Hayden Mathews explores the rich heritage of this lovely Eastern Shore town, focusing on both land and sea. The day includes a cruise on a replica of an 18th century vessel, as well as an historic-district walking tour guided by Chestertown’s mayor.

Date
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.